Nice View From Up There

Earlier this week everyone’s favorite cranky spoonbill was hanging around in the salt marsh by himself but something seemed different about him. He had a kind of playful attitude rather then his former grumpy demeanor which wasn’t making him any friends. Then he did something unexpected…he turned and looked toward an old tree stump that is always sticking out there at low tide and did sort of a quick hop flight and landed on the stump.

He stood around on the stump for a few minutes surveying his marsh kingdom then concluded all was well and it was now time to leave. He took flight across the marsh then did a wide circle in the opposite direction and flew against the trees at the far back edge heading south to continue on with his day. 

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

Spoonbill Lands on Tree Stump

42 thoughts on “Nice View From Up There

    • I think he does know exactly how good looking he is! Also nice to see him in a good mood.
      I just got a report that he is back out in the marsh now so I’m heading over to look for him. 🙂

  1. Phil, in the first few shots Mr. Spoonbill, was telling you exactly what he was planning and for you to be prepared to capture it all so you could share his beautiful form with all your friends!
    Gorgeous series of shots!

    • He was giving it away wasn’t he?! I have been watching these guy often enough that I’m beginning to think like him, which may not be a good thing. 🙂
      Thanks so much, glad you liked these!

    • Well I’m very pleased you enjoyed these spoonie photos Maggie! Actually their feet are not totally webbed, they have regular wading bird feet with separate toes. There is a small amount of webbing at the base of the toes.

  2. You’ve got him trained now. I’ll bet you could do something with ring of fire next! Those two shots just before he lands on the stump are exceptional – much better than nice.

    • If there was ever a bird out there that might give flying through rings of fire a shot it would be this guy. He is an odd character for sure. I saw him again last night and was remarking how I suspect he is wired just a bit different then other birds and even other spoonbills.
      Happy to know you enjoyed these photos!

  3. Such a great series. So sharp and detailed and the ruby eyes stand out so nicely!! You definitely make me want to learn more about getting the sequential action with movements like these. You are shooting such nice things now and already my mind is turning to what I’ll try and learn next bird season.

    • Well I’m sure you will produce some fine bird photos if you practice but most importantly if you really enjoy being out there and watching them you will have fun as well which is a big part of it all.
      I’m very happy you enjoyed these Judy!

    • Oh he is indeed quite comical Karen. That is one reason I never get tired of watching and photographing these pink goofballs. I have thousands of photos and will likely go out tonight to see if I can get more. 🙂

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